The Newport City Council decided Monday night to allow ATVs to operate on city streets on a trial basis. The council voted 3-1 in favor of a five-month ATV trial period that is set to last from May to October. During that time, ATV riders are permitted to drive on town highways.
"Monday’s discussion was the council’s third and final debate on the matter. Newport Mayor Paul Monette led the meeting and said he was pleased with the outcome. He believes allowing ATVs will help attract visitors and will boost Newport’s economy. “I’m looking at bringing more people to town. If you look at all the trailers coming up on weekends with ATVs and in the wintertime, snow machines, I just see this as a boost to bring more people to town,” said Monette. “You have to think outside the box and try new things)”
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